Many leaders are good at winging it, shooting from the hip, or operating out of instinct every day and still getting results. They have high talent and energy levels that allow them to move forward despite their lack of adequate preparation or personal growth. Eventually, however, this person plateaus and soon discovers that he or she failed to lay a sound foundation to sustain and increase that success. They've taken the organization as high as they could employing the sloppy strategy of making things up as they went along.
Preparation builds confidence, reduces stress, and helps you move your organization ahead further and faster. Knowing in advance what to do as you face certain scenarios defines your leadership as strong, assured, and decisive. Following are 14 common realities that we all face as leaders. Your proper response to them will help shape your process, culture, team, and results.